ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
February 11. 2008
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi says he is ready to meet newly-elected Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej to discuss developments in the restive south Thailand.
He said Malaysia was prepared to discuss outstanding issues with Thailand and was willing to help the people in southern Thailand, particularly in the economic and education sectors.
"I'm prepared to meet him. The issues (in southern Thailand) are of importance to both countries," he told reporters after meeting Penang Umno divisional youth chiefs and chairing Kepala Batas Umno meeting.
The report quoted Samak as saying that he would bring up the matter during his customary visit to all Asean countries upon taking office.
Abdullah said that as Thailand's closest neighbour, moves that could help stabilise the troubled southern region would indirectly benefit Malaysia.
"We've expressed our willingness to cooperate with Thailand to help the Muslims in the south.
"I want to discuss this with the new Thai prime minister. I think it's a good thing that we give attention to the situation in southern Thailand," he added.